COLLEGE STATION, Oct. 11, 2006 – It’s hard to match Harvard’s pace in any field, but when it comes to productivity in the top management research journals, the faculty at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School has done so.
Mays’ management faculty tied Harvard for second in terms of research contribution and publishing volume for management departments among the Association of American Universities’ 62 most prominent research institutions in North America. The University of Florida’s faculty came in first in the rankings, which compare the number of research publications in the top eight journals in management in 2004 and 2005.
Rounding out the top five are the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Michigan State University.
The assessment of research productivity has traditionally been based on the number of research publications in high-quality journals. The management productivity ratings are the result of a joint study undertaken by two scholars at the University of Florida and Texas A&M. The last such study, completed in 2003, rated Mays’ management faculty tied for third with the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Minnesota.
“Our faculty members’ ability to consistently publish research in the leading management journals demonstrates their commitment to generating new knowledge that enhances the management field’s understanding of different organizational phenomena,” says R. Duane Ireland, head of Mays’ Department of Management and Bennett Chair holder. “Being ranked second among North America’s most prominent research institutions demonstrates our faculty’s professionalism and dedication to conducting high-quality research on critically important topics.”
The Texas A&M management faculty has long been considered a leading group of scholars in terms of research productivity and most-cited scholarly works. In 2000, the Academy of Management Journal ranked Mays’ management researchers 10th in research productivity. And in a fall 2006 retrospective article in the Journal of Management, Mays faculty members were among the most cited authors and most frequent contributors in the 30-year life of the journal.
Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Management and Mays’ Foster Chair and Conn Chair holder Michael A. Hitt, along with Ireland, had three of the 30 most-cited studies in the Journal of Management.
In just three years as editor in the 1990s, former Journal of Management editor and Mays’ Executive Associate Dean Ricky W. Griffin solicited and published more than half of the most-cited articles in the journal’s history.